M-1117 (ASV-150) Armored Security Vehicle developed by Textrone
Marine and Land Systems (Formerly Cadilac Gage) is a highly
mobile, survivable and C-130 transportable 4X4 wheeled vehicle
currently in production for the U.S. Army's Military Police.
The vehicle is designed to provided maximum survivability
with IBD Modular Expandable Armor System (MEXAS) utilizing ceramic
composite applique on exterior and a spall liner on interior
surfaces. Simula has received an order from Textron Systems
to produce lightweight ceramic/composite applique armor kits.
The external armor panels provide ballistic protection against
various small-arms and fragment threats with a minimum weight
penalty. This armor protects the front, rear and sides of the
crew compartment from armor-piercing ammunition. The fully armored
ASV maintains its air transportability and is lightweight enough
for "roll-on/roll-off" from C-130 military transport
aircraft in fully armored configuration. The vehicle offers
mobility, agility, handling, and ride quality through the utilization
of a four-wheel independent suspension systemis equipped with
four-wheel independent suspension system.
the ASV offers defense from artillery shell fragments overhead
and mine blasts under each wheel. The vehicle is fitted with
a dual weapon station which, as standard issues on US Army ASVs,
mounts agrenade launcher and machine gun. The weapon station
enables the crew to load, reload and clear gun jams under full
armor protection. With minor modifications and appropriate outfitting,
ASV variants can perform a wide variety of missions including
scout, infantry personnel carrier, reconnaissance, command and
recovery. The vehicle costs about $600,000 each. The US Army
ordered 69 vehicles, of which 63 are already deployed in Iraq
by April 2004. More than 450 ASVs have been deployed in the
Global War on Terrorism in support of convoy protection and
other combat missions.
M1117 ASV is used by the U.S. Army for its military police and
convoy protection, and for Combat Observing and Lasing Teams.
More than 650 ASVs have been deployed in the Global War on Terrorism
(GWOT) in support of convoy protection and other combat missions.
Textron Marine & Land is currently on contract for more
than 1,360 vehicles. The total multiyear procurement program
planned by the US Army includes 1,987 vehicles at a total cost
of $1.68 billion.
In October 2006 the US Army awarded contracts
for 64 Armored Security Vehicles (ASV) to be modified into "Armor
Knight" (M707) configuration under a US$35 million contract
awarded to Textron's marine & land systems.